David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Phone: 585-742-9234
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – The 2016 live thoroughbred racing meet at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) is set to get underway on Saturday, April 16. The historic Western New York track’s 54th season will begin with the eight-race Opening Day card. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Racing gates open at 11:30 am.

Two new jockeys are expected to have an impact at FLGR in 2016. Tammi Piermarini and Harry Hernandez joined the local colony after prior success at other tracks.

Tammi Piermarini is a veteran rider that will be a regular at FLGR. Piermarini spent most of her career in New England but recently competed at Parx in 2015 after the closing of Suffolk Downs.

Her career win total of 2,402 is ranked third all time for a female jockey. She won six rider titles at Suffolk Downs and has a lifetime total of 27 stakes victories.

The 49-year-old from Newburyport, Massachusetts started galloping horses as a teenager and had her first mount in 1985 at the age of 18. She has ridden at 35 different tracks during her 31-year career.
"We bought a home in the area and there is a longer meet," said Piermarini. "I plan on riding here a few years to get to 3,000 wins".

Piermarini’s husband John is currently her agent and she is listed to ride in three races on Opening Day.

Harry Hernandez is a promising young rider who had a tremendous apprentice year. Hernandez registered 138 victories including four stakes wins in 2015. Two of the triumphs were achieved the same day at Gulfstream Park. He won the $75,000 Soaring Softly Stakes with Lori’s Store and the $200,000 Desert Vixen Stakes with It’s High Time on August 8, 2015.

The 19-year-old from San Juan, Puerto Rico will have two mounts on Saturday including the 5-2 morning line choice for the season opener. He will be aboard Think in the first race for trainer M. Anthony Ferraro.

Jaime Rodriguez will be vying for his fourth consecutive jockey title in 2016. Rodriguez is listed to ride in seven races on Saturday.

In 2015, Rodriguez became the first jockey since 2006 to surpass the single season win mark of 200. His final tally of 203 victories was the most at FLGR since John Grabowski’s record total of 233 triumphs in 2000.

The 25-year-old from Carolina, Puerto Rico will be honored after Saturday’s third race for being the top FLGR jockey last year.

Chris Englehart will also be presented an award on Saturday for his achievements in 2015. He was the top FLGR conditioner for the 13th consecutive year. Englehart saddled 122 winning horses to earn his 15th career trainer title.

Several new trainers have acquired stalls in the FLGR stable area for the 2016 meet. The list includes Kevin McCarthy, Carlos Johnson, Phillip Scott, Adel Salim and Leon McKanas.

Mckanas was based at Tampa Bay Downs but recently has been competing on a popular reality show. The 35-year-old has been training since 2013.

Breakin the Fever recorded a six furlong workout on April 11. The 2015 FLGR Horse of the Year zipped the three-quarter mile distance in a final time of 1:12.00.

The 4-year-old New York-bred owned and trained by Debra Breed won seven of his nine FLGR starts last year. He won two stakes and amassed a sum of $126,211 in purse earnings at FLGR in 2015.

On Saturday, the first 3,000 members to check in at Player Extras between 11:30 am and 4:00 pm will receive a Peel & Win ticket. Participants can uncover a wager amount that could be worth up to $1,000. Also, customers can start the season with a free program on Opening Day.

The winner of a trip to the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be revealed on Saturday. The announcement will be made after the conclusion of the eighth race.

First race post time is set at 1:10 pm and the racing gates open at 11:30 am.

About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 and expanded again in 2013 by adding 33,000 square feet with a $12 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by over 1,500 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Remedy Bar & Lounge, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Gaming doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit
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